Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Alex Ritson
Alex Ritson was born March 7, 1922 in Peace River, Alberta. A member of the Regina Generals of the Southern Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, Ritson joined the American Hockey Association's Tulsa Oilers in 1941-42 before making the jump to the American Hockey League the following year.

In 1942-43, Alex Ritson split his season with the AHL's Washington Lions and Providence Reds before becoming a member of the Indianapolis Capitals (AHL) for the 1943-44 season. Ritson's steady play in Indianapolis impressed the New York Rangers, as they claimed him in the Inter-Ligue Draft.

Ritson spent the majority of 1944-45 season with the AHL's Hershey Bears, recalled by the Rangers midway through the season, where he played in his only career NHL game. The 1945-46 season saw Alex Ritson suit up for four teams, re-joining the Hershey Bears before heading to the New Haven Eagles (AHL) followed by the Omaha Knights of the United States Hockey League and finishing with the Fort Worth Rangers (USHL).

Ritson returned to Fort Worth for the next two seasons before he was traded to the Tulsa Oilers (USHL) prior to the 1948-49 season. After only one season in Tulsa, Ritson was dealt to Buffalo of the American Hockey League, but never suited up for the team joining the Cincinnati Mohawks (AHL) instead. Ritson stay in Cincinnati was brief as he landed in Louisville (USHL) before finishing the season with the Seattle Ironmen of the Pacific Coast Hockey League.

The 1950-51 season saw Ritson return to Seattle where after only three games with the Ironmen he was off to the Vernon Canadiens of the Okanogan Senior Hockey League, the team which he would finish his career with following the 1951-52 season.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1940-41 Regina Generals S-SJHL 19 9 12 21 14 4 1 5 6 2
1941-42 Tulsa Oilers AHA 50 14 13 27 12 2 0 0 0 0
1942-43 Washington Lions AHL 12 5 7 12 0
1942-43 Providence Reds AHL 40 9 23 32 19 2 0 0 0 0
1943-44 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 53 22 21 43 13 5 0 1 1 0
1944-45 New York Rangers NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1944-45 Hershey Bears AHL 42 13 29 42 13 11 5 3 8 4
1945-46 Hershey Bears AHL 11 0 2 2 4
1945-46 New Haven Ramblers AHL 14 4 2 6 0
1945-46 Omaha Knights USHL 3 0 0 0 5
1945-46 Fort Worth Rangers USHL 7 0 4 4 0
1946-47 Fort Worth Rangers USHL 60 21 26 47 37 9 1 1 2 0
1947-48 Fort Worth Rangers USHL 66 22 40 62 42 4 0 1 1 0
1948-49 Tulsa Oilers USHL 66 16 43 59 73 7 1 1 2 12
1949-50 Cincinnati Mohawks AHL 6 0 0 0 7
1949-50 Louisville Blades USHL 45 10 18 28 18
1949-50 Seattle Ironmen PCHL 16 1 4 5 11 4 2 0 2 0
1950-51 Seattle Ironmen PCHL 3 0 0 0 0
1950-51 Vernon Canadians OSHL 47 33 36 69 44 10 4 2 6 4
1951-52 Vernon Canadians OSHL 48 24 25 49 47
NHL Totals 1 0 0 0 0


Claimed by NY Rangers from Indianapolis (AHL) in Inter-League Draft, May 12, 1944. Traded to Tulsa (USHL) by Fort Worth (USHL) for Doug McMurdy, October 9, 1948. Traded to Buffalo (AHL) by Tulsa (USHL) for Len Haldorsen, September 8, 1949.